BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Sen. Rand Paul is condemning a move made by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) proposing a closure of a Western Kentucky coal-fired plant.
Sen. Paul and his staff had been talking with Kentuckians, officials in Muhlenberg County, and the TVA regarding the status of Unit 3, the last coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant. They say closing the plant was never discussed, but was mentioned in a recent TVA draft Environmental Assessment .
“It is absolutely unacceptable that unelected government bureaucrats can single-handedly decide which types of energy Kentuckians’ hard-earned tax dollars should support and ultimately be allowed to determine the fate of entire local economies without any accountability,” said Sen. Paul in a press release Tuesday.
“Not only are the livelihoods of the over 130 Kentuckians employed at Unit 3 at stake, but also at risk are the trucking companies who bring coal into the plant, as well as the many related businesses and industries in Muhlenberg County. While the need to maintain a diversified energy production fleet that is efficient and profitable is understandable, the federal government has no business picking winners and losers in Kentucky’s energy sectors.
“When I met with Kentucky State Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty, community leaders, and other fellow Kentuckians in Central City in October, I listened to their concerns about Paradise and promised to advocate on their behalf, which is why I will be filing a comment to TVA’s draft Environmental Assessment and sending a letter to the TVA Board along with other members of the Kentucky delegation. I strongly urge all Kentuckians to join us in filing comments.”
Kentuckians may submit comments directly to TVA here.